Archive for: June 2013

Parents and Kids Travel
Road tripping beats mall shopping
June 30, 2013
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Category:                            Road-trip Anxiety Level:                   Prepacking Stress – High                                           Clearing Off My Desk – Extreme Level of Difficulty:            Easy (once I’m driving) Results of Blowing It:      Family counseling I love a good road-trip, especially desert driving.  We’ll cross Nevada, a scant 320 miles, en route to Colorado.  An SUV full of estrogen will keep me […]
Stewart the gopher loses the war
June 26, 2013
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“You must know your enemy, and in this case my enemy is a varmint…”  Carl Spackler, aka Bill Murray, in Caddy Shack A battle rages in my backyard.  Mounds of loose dirt and holes afflict our lawn.  The flowers and vegetables wilt.  The cause?  It’s a commune of Botta pocket gophers.  They’re the lowest of […]
Worn out body parts can be replaced
June 19, 2013
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(Previously published in the Chico Enterprise-Record & Hockey Player Magazine, 2012) “It’s shot,” he said.  “Are you sure?” I asked.  “Positive.”    This exchange wasn’t with my mechanic about a fan belt but with an orthopedic surgeon.  I tore my anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, one of four ligaments critical to the stability of my knee.  “If […]
Parents and Kids
Father’s Day Advice
June 14, 2013
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Category:                            Father’s Day Anxiety Level:                   Low Level of Difficulty:            Easy (piece of cake) Results of Blowing It:      We’re cool Father’s Day is June 16.  I decided not to create a trite, over-worked, list of things you can get or do.  Dads are easy to figure out.
Coach and players motivate before a big game
June 6, 2013
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(Hockey Player Magazine, June 2013)  “Head-manning the puck means passing it down the ice…not at your own guy’s head.”-          Wayne Marshall, Colorado High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame I never thought much about prayer before sporting events.  I do now but it isn’t to score and win.  It’s to implore divine intervention to keep […]